“A voice of the poor and underprivileged,” Shanti Devi Died

“A voice of the poor and underprivileged,” Shanti Devi Died


“A voice of the poor and underprivileged,” Shanti Devi Died

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences on Monday for the death of social worker and Padma Shri awardee Shanti Devi, who died last night at her home in Gunupur, Odisha’s Rayagada district. She was 88 years old when she died.

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On November 9, 2021, President Ram Nath Kovind presented Shanti Devi, better known as Lugdi Devi, with the coveted Padma Shri award. She was well-known for her commitment to helping the poor and restoring peace in Maoist-affected districts of Odisha.

“Shanti Devi Ji will be remembered as a voice for the poor and downtrodden.” She worked tirelessly to alleviate suffering and establish a more just and healthy society. Her death hurts me. My condolences go out to her family and many admirers. “Om Shanti,” PM Modi tweeted.

Naveen Patnaik, the chief minister of Odisha, expressed his condolences on her passing.

“I was saddened to read of Padma Shri Award-winning social worker Shanti Devi’s death. Her lifetime efforts to assist the poor and indigenous people have always been inspirational. Her contribution to the field of social work is priceless. Patnaik wrote in Odia, “I send my profound condolences to the departed family and wish them well.”

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Shanti Devi, who was born in the Balasore area in 1934, began humanitarian work at a young age and created the Seva Samaj ashram in Gunupur, Odisha. She advocated for native girls’ education.

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